Veterans & Service Members

AACRAO recognizes and honors the sacrifices these men and women have made and its members are proud to assist them and meet their educational needs. Veterans and students on active military duty and their families face special circumstances and challenges.

Changes in federal statute and executive actions have greatly promoted the expansion of services toward veterans and their families. Since the Post-9/11 GI Bill was passed in 2009, close to 1 million veterans, service members, and eligible dependents have taken advantage of the educational benefits available to them. With the passage of more recent legislation, such as the Forever GI Bill in 2017 and the Isakson Roe and THRIVE Acts in 2021, there will be significant changes to military education benefits over the coming years.


Latest Actions

AACRAO recently hosted a webinar to discuss the implementation of veteran legislation passed in December 2020, also known as the Johnny Isakson and David P. Roe Veterans Health Care and Benefits Improvement Act. This law will have a transformative effect on the mission of Education Service to provide ready access to, and timely and accurate delivery of, education benefits to Veterans, Service members, and their families, as well as further enable the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to empower GI Bill beneficiaries to achieve their vocational and career goals.

Other recent legislation introduced in both the House and Senate include important provisions to help ensure veterans can continue to receive their education benefits as well as technical corrections to the legislation passed last year.


AACRAO Provides Comments on New VA Reporting Requirements

Aug 22, 2018, 19:26 PM
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Summary : Association outlines concerns and questions regarding academic progress reporting requirements for GI Bill recipients.
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AACRAO provided comments this week to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) regarding new reporting requirements related to Forever GI Bill recipients.

On June 12, the VA sent a letter to institutions requiring academic progress reporting for GI Bill students. While the association supports and endorses this type of reporting, we have concerns and questions regarding the requirements, methodology, and definitions contained in the letter. Additional definitions of terms and descriptions are needed regarding how each outcome will be calculated.

Moreover, there are significant problems with the requirement to report graduation and program completion dates in VA-ONCE or through the appropriate paper form, which we believe will affect the data quality and the accuracy of reporting academic progress.

AACRAO encouraged the VA to review the requirements outlined in the June 12 letter and provide additional information to institutions to better facilitate improvements in veterans reporting.

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AACRAO Letter to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

Michelle Mott
Categories :
  • Advocacy
  • Compliance and Reporting
  • Veterans and Service Members
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  • Federal relations
  • gi bill
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